Some reflections about words

Last week I joined in with Cee’s ‘On the Hunt for Joy’ photo challenge. This was a new challenge, although I have joined in with some of Cee’s challenges in the past. When ‘Get outside’ came up in my WordPress Reader, I had just loaded up my photos from a walk on a hill that day. I had not been hunting for joy because I believe that joy is something, which I already have. However the walk was very enjoyable. It was a longer walk than usual for hubby and me, involving more climbing, but the slopes were relatively gentle. The views were well worth the climb. The post I wrote is on Sue’s words and pictures.

Hubby commented, “I really enjoyed that”.

A view on our walk

Did you notice that JOY is in the middle of enJOYed? The French word for joy is joi. We use it in the phrase we have borrowed, joi de vivre. It forms the centre of our word reJOIce.

So why do I say I already have joy, or that I am joyful?

The Bible tells us that those, who believe the Good News of salvation are marked by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (otherwise known as the Spirit of Christ or, in older language, the Holy Ghost). 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 and Ephesians 1:13-14 are some of the verses, where this is stated.

Part of the Holy Spirit’s work is to make believers more like Jesus Christ. He does this gently. In fact gentleness is one of the characteristics listed as fruit of the Spirit, the results of the Holy Spirit’s work in a believer. Joy is another. Click the link for the full list. Galatians 5:22-23

The Photo challenge is a blog hop. One of the contributors to the More than Writer’s blog has written about blog hops his week. If you have time, have a look at what she has to say.

Even better click on the links to Bible Gateway and read the Bible verses I have mentioned.

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What I read in May 2019 (Part 2)

Two more books I have enjoyed reading.

I ordered Shadow Doctor The past awaits by Adrian Plass (the sequel to The Shadow Doctor which I reviewed here) before it was published in April, but did not read it until May, when I raced through it. However, while I was compiling this post, I realised that I had forgotten to review it. I have been a fan of Adrian Plass’ writing for a long time and have met him at a few writers’ weekends. An acquaintance commented on Facebook that she had gobbled this book up and needed to read it again slowly. The same was true of me. I reread it in a single day and found that I had forgotten most of it. This is because of the narrative style in this book. There is much conversation and digression among the action. This adds to the suspense and kept me turning the pages. The second reading led me to look up some poetry as background information. I enjoyed this book, which perhaps appeals more to older readers. (I have also read The Shadow Doctor twice for similar reasons.) A number of loose ends from the first book were woven into the sequel. I’d recommend reading these books in the order they were written.

I borrowed It started with a Tweet by Anna Bell from the library. For once I read the blurb on the cover first. However when I started to read the book I really thought I had made a mistake! However after the first few chapters, which formed the basis for the rest of the book, it became a much easier read. (I was out of my depth with text speak, pop culture and TV.) There is much wisdom in this book, which tells a good story with unpredictable twists in the plot. I am glad I persevered with it.

What I read in December 2018 (Part 1)

The first two books I read in December 2018 were nonfiction.

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig was on a display in the library for the Costa Book awards. I have not managed to find a connection between this book and the awards shortlist, but perhaps someone can help me here.

The author tweets as @matthaig1 and I had read lots of his Tweets without knowing anything about him. This is a book based on the author’s experience of breakdown and the coping skills he has developed. It is written in short chunks in a manner suitable for readers of any faith or none. I really enjoyed it and can identify with many of the issues.

The effect of social media on people’s lives and mental health is a main topic. Antidotes include a film I have watched recently with my friends from the Ladies’ Bible study group and a book I read in French in recent years, but have failed to record in my list of books I have read! I must be doing something right.

Woodbine Willie: An Unsung Hero of World War One by Bob Holman is a book I borrowed from a friend. She brought it to a prayer meeting to inspire us. I had not heard of Woodbine Willie, whose real name was Reverend Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, so I asked to borrow the book. This year being the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, it has been difficult to avoid information about battles. History is not my favourite subject, but I am interested in people. This is a book about an extraordinary man. The historical background and the beliefs of the leading churchmen of the time make it an interesting read. I have recommended it to hubby, who enjoys history.